Back in mid-May, the firm KPMG created an infographic based on its research, called "Global Manufacturing Outlook 2014." As we go into Labor Day, it is a good time to take a look at what the firm thinks the remainder of 2014 has in store for global manufacturing and the supply chain that supports it.
In the page that presents the research, KPMG has five key takeaways, but it is the last one that I think will continue to be of importance to our community members:
Create strategies to address the 'disruptive complexities' caused by the accelerating pace of change, advances in manufacturing process, material science, decision support tools and break-through innovation.
Draw your own conclusions about the rest of the year after looking over the infographic below.
Most of the manufacturing today depend on supply chain but the professionals do not have enough data to plan ahead and optimize their inventory planning. This maybe due to inadequate IT tools or resources or lack on vision.
However, its good to see that manufacturing is planning to double its R&D spending so that innovation engine do not stop.
"Most of the manufacturing today depend on supply chain but the professionals do not have enough data to plan ahead and optimize their inventory planning. This maybe due to inadequate IT tools or resources or lack on vision. "
@Himanshugupta: I think it has more to do with the company's overall strategy. If the overall strategy includes a focus on IT and leveraging IT tools to improve the business, then the company would spend a lot on IT tools that can help the managers in making better decisions.
I think when it comes to developing a global supply chain, there's a considerable difference in terms of what the representatives may be referring to. Some organizations who are merely present in 3 or 4 countries that are near to each other also call themselves global companies. For them it's far easier to have a global supply chain compared to companies that exist in virtually every country of the world.
@Nigel, i agree that shorter supply chain is better as the probability of anything unplanned happening decreases. But in case one has to deal with long supply chain such as in typical manufacturing then different scenario planning can help in adverse conditions. Here historical data and IT tools can help.
Yes.. but with long unsustainable supply chains you have to work these tools harder and increase risks
I see significant redeployment in the works to return to basics of LEAN shorter supply chains and more hands on human communications.. complex communication and planning algorithms are a very poor substitute.. would you like some examples?
Of course computers and such systems have a significant place but they need better management than our application success so far..
This is not a rage against the machine :-) its a realization of how far we have drifted from the prime economic objective of providing need to the consumer/stakeholders at less cost/waste to both of them and also society without screwing up the planet.
You highlight and important issue regarding the fact that computers are not a panacea for solving the supply chain communication issues . It is true that the machine can not take the place of the human agent in creating a sustainable relationship between customers and suppliers.
Strategic supply chain forecasting for manufacturers based on historical data has existed for years and they are assumed to be able to predict what will occur in the future based on the demand that has occured in the past. However, no forecast is totally accurate and the planner's experience of the present and the future environment is still necessary to determine the future demand for a company's products.
True... the only profession that can have a shot at telling the future with accuracy are historians..
What we as manufacturers need to start to understand is that all we are selling is "capacity" and the more we place that real time directly in front of the consumer the more waste free we can become... then if our capacity is ultra-flexible we gain another level of a waste free state.
Have a look at the article called Lean Thinking for Sustainable Supply Chains for what I am driving at.... We got to all start re-learning Lean thinking.
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